Making Veracruz-style Ribs (costillas estilo Veracruz)

In this Veracruz-style mexican ribs recipe, the ribs are first parboiled in a little bit of fat and water, then soaked in a tomato sauce with chile pasilla, cream and spices; then baked until golden brown.

Recipe for Veracruz Ribs


* 2 lb. of pork ribs with loin, ask your butcher for this cut
* Oil, as needed
* 4 pasilla chiles, seeded and deveined
* 1 lb. of roasted red tomatoes
* 1 clove garlic
* 1 cup cream
* 1/4 cup vinegar
* 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 cup of pulque, substitute with beer if you cant find
* Salt and pepper to taste
* Worcestershire sauce, to taste


1) Parboil the ribs in a large skillet, in water for about 45 minutes

2) Fry the chiles in a skillet with a little bit oil over medium heat

3) Blend together the roasted tomatoes, fried peppers, garlic, cream and vinegar, marjoram and bay leaves, until you get a smooth salsa.

4) Preheat oven to around 300 ˚F; arrange ribs on a baking sheet without covering them. Generously brush the ribs with the sauce and sprinkle with pulque; season with little pepper, Worcestershire sauce and salt.

5) Bake in the oven until they are crisp and browned, or approximately 1 hour. Serve with avocados and onion strips, which you will have previously soaked in water with vinegar.

Enjoy your meal!

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